Notebook PC shipments improve after seven quarters of decline, claims report

Notebook PC shipments improve after seven quarters of decline, claims report

Summary: Following a precipitous decline of 20 percent last year, year-over-year growth for the top five notebook PC brands collectively reached 16 percent in Q2 2014. But tablet PC shipments are still in freefall.

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Following seven consecutive quarters of declining shipments, there's a glimmer of hope for notebooks as the global notebook PC market improved over the second quarter of 2014, according to NPD DisplaySearch's Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report.

"North America and Western Europe have improved to positive double digit growth, due to a combination of commercial PC replacement cycles and Windows XP migration in 2014," said Hisakazu Torii, vice president, smart application research at NPD DisplaySearch. "The notebook PC market has also benefited from the launch of Chromebooks and other low-priced notebook PCs."

Following a precipitous decline of 20 percent last year, year-over-year growth for the top five notebook PC brands collectively reached 16 percent in Q2 2014. Strong sales in Europe, China, and Latin America allowed Lenovo to overtake HP to lead the pack with an 18 percent shipment unit share.

Asus overtook Dell to take the number three spot, mostly as a result of increased shipments in Europe, China, and Asia.

While notebooks are enjoying a reprieve, shipments of tablet PCs continued to fall over Q2, declining 12 percent year-over-year and negative growth being shown by the top five brands.

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(Source: NPD DisplaySearch)

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  • Oh dear.

    Sales grapghs are rarely smooth lines or even smooth curves. Are we going to get notice every time the trend is bucked? Even slightly?

    You realise it just give Lovewrong & Owl-net an excuse to come here and say "Tablets are dooooooomed.

    Sure, if the 'reversal' continues, it's news, and worth discussing. But ONE figure against the trend? And you don't even give us a year's figures for context.
    Heenan73
  • Tablet PC's

    Offer really poor value for money, there are some really cheap notebooks out there with more than good enough hardware specs. Get a cheap android slate plus a cheap PC notebook and you have change to spare.
    Alan Smithie
    • Many hybrids offer a lot of value.

      Look at something like the T100, which can be bought in the $300-400 range (depending on where/when you get it), is a fairly capable cheap hybrid. It's gotten pretty good reviews and in general most people seem to like it.

      Also by the time you add in the cost of a laptop and tablet you could probably get something like one of the cheaper surface pro 3 models. Personally I'd go that route if I wanted something that is as capable as the typical ultrabook and wanted a tablet.
      thewags05
    • I think hybrids at least are an exception

      For example SP3. Here you have a great note taking tool with stylus and an exceptionally light and very powerful laptop all-in-one.

      Having to switch between a cheap laptop and a tablet isn't my idea of being mobile. And keep in mind that for business people, shelling out a few $1000 to simplify their lives is just an investment. They aren't interested in optimizing at that level.
      MeMyselfAndI_z
      • SP3 Pro Keyboard ? That's Extra

        SP3 pro is wayyyyyy toooooo expensive. The CFO says no.
        Alan Smithie
  • Ok

    Is it that people are dissatisfied with the performance and usability of a tablet as a notebook replacement? Is the iPad fad over and done with? Windows 8.1 Update 1 and news of Threshold revitalizing sales?

    C'mon, where's all the conjecture in this story? Where's Adrian, and what have you done with him??
    Joe_Raby
  • Hmm, all that talk about "post-PC"

    And I kept saying it was a myth.
    MeMyselfAndI_z
  • Serious Question

    Where do hybrids fit in?? Are the notebooks or counted as tablets? I think, all in all, there is room for tablets and notebooks and pc's. However for the foreseeable future, pc and notebook sales will slide or stagnate as the processors are so powerful that there is little reason to upgrade for 99% of the use cases, unlike in the past where the processor was playing catch up to the software, now it is the software that is trying to catch up to the hardware.
    schultzycom
  • Notebook PC shipments improve after seven quarters of decline, claims repor

    Tablets are dooooooomed. They are a fad. People tried them, couldn't do what they needed and now they are collecting dust. People are going back to the notebook.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • Opening For You At Gartner

      Given how accurate your predictions are, you will fit in fine there.
      Alan Smithie
  • PC's make the world go round

    Death of PC would mean end of Tech industry and office workers worldwide. Death of tablet would mean...nothing big.
    Sean Foley
  • Concerning Dell's laptops...

    My usual choice of laptop is Dell. But this year I might find myself looking elsewhere. The choices available are so restricted that I'm literally being FORCED to look elsewhere. Gone apparently are the days when on Dell's website basically everything (screen, CPU, RAM, disk, etc.) could be customized to fit one's needs. Now I'm forced to choose from a few builds, none of which match my requirements (in particular a screen res that's not a lowly 1366x768 that they seem to offer on every build option). Oh well....
    brian@...